I want to write an article on the problem of TCM of diagnosis and treatment.
I found an article by Dr Stephen Barrett which bear this blog name ” Why TCM diagnosis is worthless“.
This article is from anti-acupuncture practise website. But what is written is actually applied to the general practise of TDM.
The real problem of TDM is the inability to give a proper diagnosis of an illness and the even the treatment itself.
As Dr Barret summarize the article with this conclusion
“TCM theory and practice are not based upon the body of knowledge related to health, disease, and health care that has been widely accepted by the scientific community. TCM practitioners disagree among themselves about how to diagnose patients and which treatments should go with which diagnoses. Even if they could agree, the TCM theories are so nebulous that no amount of scientific study will enable TCM to offer rational care. ”
It’s not surprise that the inability to form diagnosis leads to TDM practitioner using the modern technology and even application of modern medicine.
The Chinese TDM is proud with their version of Zhong-Xi-Yi (中西医), what is mean the combination of Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine in the management of patient.
The Combination of Zhong-Xi-Yi is given advantage to TDM which solve the problem of diagnosis. It’s allows TDM practisioner focus using the herbal treatment for the patient and on at the same time, modern medcine is given to patient.
There are actually a confusion on the treatment, we may ask which is the stuff that actually cure the patient? the herbal medicine or the drugs?